Try not to over­load your mus­cles

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con­trast ther­apy and cryother­apy but if you’re not into feel­ing in­cred­i­bly cold, hot or un­com­fort­able, then best leave th­ese to peo­ple like the All Blacks I say.

Q: Do I have to ex­er­cise every day if I want to stay healthy?

A: My first re­ac­tion of course is to say yes, as the more you move the hu­man body, the bet­ter off your heart, mus­cles, mind and stress lev­els will usu­ally be, how­ever I will de­fault back to the rec­om­men­da­tions of the Amer­i­can Coun­cil of Sports Medicine (ACSM) that reg­u­larly re­leases po­si­tion state­ments on such things.

Para­phras­ing their state­ment, they rec­om­mend 20-30 min­utes a day, five days a week with some of those be­ing tougher work­outs.

Ad­di­tion­ally, two to three times a week exercises in­volv­ing bal­ance, agility, and co­or­di­na­tion us­ing weights is rec­om­mended, and cru­cial to main­tain­ing joint range of move­ment com­plet­ing a stretch­ing rou­tine at least twice a week is sug­gested.

So, if you’re just walk­ing each day and not put­ting your mus­cles un­der pres­sure or stretch­ing them, you won’t be cov­er­ing all your bases when it comes to to­tal health and well­be­ing.

-Waikato’s Al­i­son Storey is a per­sonal trainer who has rep­re­sented New Zealand in beach vol­ley­ball, row­ing and rhyth­mic gym­nas­tics. She has been awarded New Zealand Per­sonal Trainer of the Year twice and runs Storey Sport, a mo­bile per­sonal and sports train­ing busi­ness which pro­vides a range of ser­vices that op­ti­mise the fit­ness and well­be­ing of its clients.

KAI SCHWOERER

Leave the ice baths, con­trast ther­apy and cryother­apy up to the All Blacks.

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